Check out these four tips to help your little ones have the healthiest teeth!
Dental health is just another thing that we stress about as parents. We try to do everything we can to keep their little mouths healthy and keep their teeth strong and cavity free. Cavities can sometimes happen no matter how hard we try to avoid them, but there are some things that we can do to help the kids as best as we possibly can.
- Sugar Isn't The Only Cavity Culprit:
It is often thought that sugar is the only culprit that causes cavities. You might be confused if you don't eat a lot of candy, or drink a lot of soda as to why you might have a lot of cavities. The Mayo Clinic says"foods that cling to your teeth for a long time — such as milk, ice cream, honey, sugar, soda, dried fruit, cake, cookies, hard candy and mints, dry cereal, and chips." Parents are very surprised when they find that their children have cavities because they never drink juice or have sweets. However, cavities can be just as easily formed by fishy crackers. Bacteria feeds on sugar as well as starches. Make sure your child rinses with water after they eat a lot of snacks.
2. Don't Rinse After Brushing:
The number 1 bacteria fighting formula found in teeth products in Flouride. Flouride is added in mouth wash and toothpaste. Fluoride works by creating a shield on your teeth to protect your teeth from bacteria. Therefore, you should not be rinsing the Fluoride off of your teeth, because then it does not have time to do its job. You should brush your teeth, spit out the extra and then not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after.
3. Wait 30 Minutes After You Eat To Brush:
Saliva is one of the best natural fighters against bacteria. When we were growing up our parents taught us that we needed to brush our teeth right after every meal. However, that is not very good advice. We should never brush right after a meal. If we brush right after we eat then we will be brushing the food harder in-between our gums and thus making us more susceptible to cavities. After you eat you should encourage your children to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing their teeth. Let saliva clean out their mouths before brushing the bacteria harder into their teeth.
4. Don't Brush Too Hard:
This one has slowly become more and more common knowledge. Brushing too hard can actually wear down the enamel on your teeth and can cause damage to your gums. Soft and circular strokes are the way to go!
We need to help our little ones learn proper dental health so that we can keep those little teeth look strong and beautiful!